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Take the long way home

September 11th, 2016

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Southborough – An article at the Oct. 18 Special Town Meeting will request that the Board of Selectmen close Flagg Road at the culvert near the road’s intersection with Route 9. If approved, traffic to and from the proposed 180-unit Chapter 40B project, Residences at Park Central, or any other development that is to be […]

The history of Labor Day

September 1st, 2016

Isabelle Chang 
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To the Editor: Labor Day is celebrated in North America every first Monday in September. It first started with the Knights of Labor in 1882 under the leadership of Peter J. Maguire from Camden, N. J.  Other organizations adopted the idea.  By 1887, Colorado passed the first act making it an official holiday. Soon afterwards, all […]

Celebrations galore

August 27th, 2016

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Region – When residents and guests celebrate the 20th annual Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival next month, there will be one new event they will definitely not want to miss – a fireworks display on Saturday, Sept. 24. The fireworks will be lit from the Glavin Regional Center on Lake Street and weather permitting, should […]

It is easy being green

August 10th, 2016

Cartoon/Ed Turner

Marlborough – When the Marlborough City Council meets for their bi-weekly meetings, they can have at times up to 200 pages of written documentation for review. That can result in almost 2,000 pages being printed out for each meeting.

To help reduce that cost, City Councilor Matt Elder has suggested that the council use electronic technology such as smartphones and tablets and websites such as Google Drive and Dropbox instead.

‘Pet project’

August 3rd, 2016

Cartoon/Ed Turner

Grafton – For many families, a pet is not just a dog or cat; it is a beloved family member. And while saving human lives is of course the top priority for firefighters, they do try their best to rescue pets if it is safe to do so.

During the month of August, the Grafton Fire Department is requesting donations so that they may purchase two pet saving kits. Each kit will include special equipment designed to handle and treat cats and dogs that have been affected by a fire.

Some like it hot…but some don’t

July 28th, 2016

Cartoon/Ed Turner

Region – The extended heat wave this summer has residents racing for relief whether that’s a local pool, the beach or an air-conditioned building.

Not surprising, officials across the region, worried about drought conditions after a particularly mild winter, have issued strict water bans.

Summer bugs, magical and not

July 24th, 2016

Janice Lindsay

I awoke recently around midnight and, unable to sleep, I watched out the window as flickering lights floated above the grassy patch behind the house.

All lives matter

July 21st, 2016

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Region – It has been a chilling and horrifying few weeks as the nation has watched police departments in Dallas and Baton Rouge come under attack and then face the devastating loss of multiple officers on their forces. There has been one silver lining amidst the sadness – citizens across the country, including here in our region, have come out en masse to show they support their local police departments. Gifts of cards, foods, visits and other gestures of support, officers say, mean the world to them. And in turn, they promise to continue to honor their vow to protect us, even if it means they must continue to put themselves in harm’s way to do so.

Letter to editor: Thank you Shrewsbury Police Department

July 18th, 2016

I wrote this poem to thank the police for all they do especially in light of recent events. I gave it to the Shrewsbury Police department. They loved it. My friends suggested I send it to you so that other police officers could see it.

New possibilities for a storied property

July 13th, 2016

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Westborough – In 1886, the Westborough State Hospital was built on the shores of Lake Chauncy and near the Northborough border. In 2010, the commonwealth closed the hospital and then four years later, sold it to the town of Westborough for $2.2 million. Town officials are now seeking proposals for the purchase of approximately 36 of the property’s 94 acres.

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